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Making Beat with Ak

Once upon a time, like 2 years ago. I pledged not to show any “looky-Lou’s” any of my production methods. From my perspective most of these “would-be producers” are only in it for the tourist experience. They loop a few samples, play with a few sapling pads and go home with a souvenir half-baked beat for bragging rights to show off to their friends as if to say, “see, I can make beats , it’s not so hard”.


However, when I was approached by a friend and fellow beatmaker BeatsmithResist, ┬áto co- teach a seminar in the history of the beat machine and it’s origins. I decided to break my pledge and assist my comrade and to be honest, I’m glad I did. The 2 hour class was hosted at the Southwest Patient Group dispensary San Ysidro facility in their theater area. Our students were provided with a various array of different beat machines to examine, consisting of the SP202 and 404, MPC1000, 2000, 2000XL and even a virtual MPC on a tablet. We delved into the history of the drum machine stemming from the late 60’s used by greats like Sly and the Family Stone and the perfection of the drum machine in the 80’s beginning with the LM-1 LinnDrum made popular by Prince, which is the genesis of the MPC, Hip Hops’ favorite drum machine. Our class was small enough to allow every participant to get a stab at the machines and even attempt to chop samples and construct a beat and drum pattern. We played classics like Prince’s Little Red Corvette and Sly and the Family Stone to name a few to show the usage of the drum machines and drum breaks plus we played hip hop classics like Straight Outta Compton by NWA and Killing Me Softly by The Fugees and played the corresponding classic breaks to examine how they were ‘flipped’.


When the session was over everyone seemed mesmerized, like the proverbial virgin, touched for the very first time. The participants slowly made their way out of the dispensary as though they wished they could stay a while longer and fondle the well seasoned pads of the aged beat machines and get their rocks off. I’m not sure if the participants partook in the facilities medication but one things for sure, from the looks on their faces they certainly had a session that will leave them elevated for many seasons…